Tonight in live music; free shows in St. Pete, Reverend Horton Heat, Donna The Buffalo and more

Plus Geri X and Oxford Noland in the Rooster basement.

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click to enlarge Geri X, who plays Iberian Rooster on December 30, 2016. -
Geri X, who plays Iberian Rooster on December 30, 2016.

Geri X w/Oxford Noland So, there’s yet another St. Petersburg venue committed to original live music. This one’s in the basement bar of a new restaurant (Iberian Rooster on Central Avenue North), and on Friday two of our favorites will be on the mic. For the visitors reading this: Geri X is and longtime Bay area favorite once named “Best of Indie” in Rolling Stone’s Bulgaria edition (Adele was on the cover that year), and Oxford Noland is made of guitarist/singer Shua Harrell plus drummer/keyboardist Aaron Buckingham who emerged from another blues-folk band (Bootleggers and Baptists) before molting into the Micro Korg-wielding indie-psych rock duo they are today. A 2015 album from the boys (We’re Silhouettes) is still fresh, but the band looks to be approaching a re-invention of sorts in 2017, so this intimate gig should be a good chance to get an idea of where they might be headed. (Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Reverend Horton Heat w/Legendary Shack Shakers/Jello Biafra Jim C. Heath. He’s no stranger to these parts, and St. Pete will be happy to welcome the 57-year-old Texas boy back to Central Avenue for another “Psychobilly Freakout.” The bandleader for The Reverend Horton Heat is a weird old man with a strange idea of humor who has been at the whole psychobilly (think western swing mixed with rock & roll, punk and blues) thing since the early ‘90s when Sub Pop records released Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em. The 40-minute record is off the chain weird and all kinds of fun (You're the kinda girl I'd like to meet. You're the kinda girl I'd like to eat,” sings the Rev on LP highlight “Bad Reputation”), and the band has bounced around labels over the last ten albums recreating the vibe with much success. Nashville’s Legendary Shack Shakers are on the bill, but the most notable addition is that of former Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jello Biafra. The 58 year old former presidential candidate (he finished second to Ralph Nader in a year 2000 Green Party race) has mostly done spoken word since leaving the Kennedy’s but he isn’t immune to song, so it’ll be interesting to see if he’ll have accompaniment at this show since his next scheduled show with a band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, isn’t until January. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Wooly Bushmen It’s been a hearty two quarters since we last saw Orlando ‘60s rock revivalists shake on the stage at Ella’s, and with New Year’s Eve getting ready to rip holes in everyone’s livers, this show with organist Simon Palombi at the helm seems like the perfect warm up. There’s no cover, but you’ll naturally want to bring some scratch to buy food and drink. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Misled Youth w/Iron Cages/Sick of Talk?more UPDATE: This show has been cancelled because the D.C. bands are having van issues.

Remember how we talked about Mwiza Simfukwe’s mellow croon waxing the floors at The Bunker? This show ain’t that. Misled Youth come from one of hardcore’s most sacred towns (Washington D.C., which fueled much of the genre’s growth in the ‘80s) and represent a resurgent local scene that continues to send bands like Protester and Red Death on tour across the U.S.. Frontman Mark Jubert & co. (guitarist Daniel Jubert, drummer Nate Patsfall and Scott Carlson on bass) are joined by another D.C. band Iron Cages. Led by Laura Newhauser, the band has only been around for just over a year, but their hyper-political of melodic is more poignant than ever in these strange times. Tampa’s own Sick of Talk open the show. Bring $7 to put gas in the touring bands’ tanks. (Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Ybor City) CANCELLED

Donna the Buffalo w/Verlon Thompson Donna The Buffalo are a familiar sight around Skipper’s Smokehouse at this time of year, but something will be missing this time around. The band’s old school purple tour bus was an unofficial member, but had to be retired recently after spending almost three decades on the road where it logged one million miles. Over 600 of the Trumansburg, New York band’s fans helped DTB raise over $85,000 for a new bus, which they’ll show off for two nights of socially conscious brand jammy folk tunes. The December 30 shows finds Guy Clark collaborator Verlon Thompson opening before Ralph Roddenberry from Athens, Georgia warms up the crowd on New Year’s Eve. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

The Supervillains w/Summer Survivors Party. That’s what you can expect when Orlando reggae/ska four-piece The Supervillains arrive on downtown St. Pete’s First Block for a free show where Sarasota’s Summer Survivors (who are slated to play the Reggae Rise Up Festival in March) open the show (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Mercy McCoy, Will Erickson & Kristopher James In October, CL spoke with St. Pete songwriter Will Erickson about his heavy hearted new country album, The Five Year Weight, which he dedicated to the memory of his good friend Nate Cobb, who lost a fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. “He was influential in my first ever paying gig when I had just a handful of finished songs,” Erickson, 38, told CL in an email. “It went about as smooth as one could guess. I was a groomsman in his wedding, and I had most of the album written when I met him out in Austin for SXSW when he drove over just to see me play my showcase and to meet my girlfriend. [The diagnosis] was tough to handle. It really shook me up.” He’ll play this fine local listening room alongside Mercy McCoy and one of CL’s favorite songwriter — Kristopher James — for this show. (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent w/House Of I Jordan Esker is one of the more entertaining frontmen to watch operate, and we’re glad that Green Bench Brewing is bringing at least one show a weekend to their beautiful biergarten. Read our profile on Esker & the Hundred Percent’s new jams here, and head out to this free show. (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

NGHTMRE w/Blunts & Blondes/Smgglr/Winta If you just don’t go out on New Year’s Eve, then Tyler Mareny might be able to save your from the nightmare. The Los Angeles producer actually performs under the NGHTMRE moniker from which he peddles a brand of trap house EDM that’s earned him the title of “Skrillex 2.0” (according to His latest — a remix of “Dead” by fellow Los Angelino and recent tourmate Slander — indicated that the club will be packed for this one. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


Final Friday w/The Captian's Head/Joshua Lefefe/Rachel Alex/more (The Loft, St. Petersburg) INFO

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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